Tuesday, September 15, 2020

He Is What You Thought He Might Be


And the 2020 Crackup of the Democratic Party

Written by Mike McCormick

Book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, September 15, 2020

I was attracted to this book by a television interview conducted with the author, Mike McCormick, I watched and found fascinating.  Here is a man that worked in the White House for three presidents and their administration as an official stenographer.  His duties were to create permanent records of speeches, meetings and events conducted by the various administrations he worked for consisting of both Republican and Democrat President. 

McCormick discusses Joe Biden in light of his 2020 Presidential Campaign.  He discuses the good, the bad and the ugly of Joe Biden.  In fact, that would have been a better title for this book.  McCormick makes it obvious that he was both impressed and discouraged at what he saw in Joe Biden and then explains why he feels the way he does on both counts.

The book served as a validation of material I have read elsewhere, more specifically in Peter Schweizer’s book, Profiles in Corruption in which Schweizer details the depth of corruption that the entire Biden family has engaged in and as a result of became extremely wealthy.

I admit that I was prejudice against a Joe Biden run for President for many reasons but the corruption was a major part of my dislike for him as a potential President.  Keep in mind he was filmed admitting to a quid-pro-quo with the Ukrainian government where he threatened to withhold US Funds unless a prosecutor investigating the company for which Biden’s son worked, was fired.  He was fired and Ukraine received the funds and Biden’s son became extremely wealthy for it.  McCormick confirmed that this did in fact happen. He also confirmed that Joe Biden as Vice President was “played” by several foreign governments to which he had no adequate response.

If you are a Biden supporter, you will not like this book and will probably do your best to defend the indefensible.  If you are Trump supporter you will most likely have your beliefs in Biden confirmed as I did.  The term that came to mind as I read this portrayal of Candidate Joe Biden was “presidential.”  Remember when people would judge presidential candidates on whether they were “presidential” or not?  After reading this book, it would be extremely difficult to label Joe Biden as being “presidential.”  On the contrary, he comes across very un-presidential.

Who should read this book?  Every American would benefit from reading it prior to the 2020 election.

Would I read it again?  Probably not.  A second reading would serve no purpose.

Would I give it a gift?  Probably not.  Not the kind of book you would give as gift unless you knew the recipient had a deep interest in the 2020 elections.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020



Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy
Written by Bill Gertz
Book review by Jim "Gymbeaux" Brown, September 8, 2020

Disclaimer:  I do not pretend to be an expert on all things China.  In fact, I know very little about China other than the drips of information I hear on Television and watching an occasional documentary on the country and its people.  It is important to understand why I chose this book to read.  I saw a brief interview of Bill Gertz and the book was being discussed and it tweaked my interest primarily because both Joe Biden and Donald Trump have made reference to China and how each would deal with the country if they were to be elected in 2020. The two sides could not be more at odds with each other on the subject of China.  It is a vitally important subject for Americans to understand and for the future of America as a country.  Reading the book seemed like an obvious decision to make provided you want to vote from a position of knowledge rather than a position of guesswork.

Why should anyone want to read this book by Bill Gertz?  He referenced a statement in the book that should answer that question when he writes that the next battle for America will probably be fought in space.  Like most Americans I have followed the exploits of America’s space program and have remained in awe over its accomplishments.  This book changed all of that for me.

You would have to be a fool not to understand that China spies on America and America spies on China.  The same holds true for just about any country in the world.  Even our allies spy on each other, that is just the way things are.  The book is about China and the lengths that China will go including murder to spy on all of its adversaries and especially America.  As stated in the book, China has no rule book by which it will play in its quest for world dominance.

I am not familiar with the Chinese language and it was difficult for me to follow the various Chinese personal names or the names of its organizations and cities.  Such knowledge was not necessary to understand what Gertz wrote about.  His message came across very loud and very clear.  China is our enemy and she will do anything and everything to get what she wants – world domination!  The book explains how “fear” becomes the weapon of choice for the Communist Chinese Government.  The Chinese people fear their government and it becomes painfully clear that America has engaged in appeasement over the last several decades out of fear of what China might do, politically, economically, and militarily.  Until President Trump took office, every President chose NOT to confront China and its tactics.  To emphasize how important this relationship has become one only need to consider the recent creation of America’s Space Force.  I thought it was just an idea to appease America’s thirst for all things relating to space.  On the contrary.  If you go back to what Gertz said about the next battlefield, you get a hint as to why Trump created the Space Force.  China has created a plan to take out America’s use of space through by removing or destroying its satellites.  Almost everything we do as a country is in someway connected to the multitudes of satellites.  Disable them, and you disable America.

The contents of the book are obviously over my head given my lack of knowledge of China.  Even so, it was clear enough for me to understand that EVERY American and EVERY ally of America should either read this book or begin studying China because it will be the next great battle for the entire free world.  For people and countries who feel that this is not my problem, if America should ever fall, where will people go?  Who will protect freedom loving people and the freedoms they cherish so dearly or should cherish dearly?  There seems to always be someone waiting to dominate the world.  In my lifetime it was first Germany, then it was the Communist Soviet Union, then it was Radical Islam and now it is Communist China.  They just keep coming.

Gertz does not just lay out the problems that Communist China presents to the world, he also identifies the steps that America and its allies should immediately take and one of those steps is accomplished with his book – educate Americans about the goals and ambitions of Communist China!

Who should read this book?  Every American would benefit from reading it and should read it, sooner rather than later.

Would I read it again?  Probably not.  Not because it is not a great read, it can be overwhelming and reading it once should convey the importance of knowing you enemy and what the enemy is capable of doing.

Would I give it a gift?  Probably not.  It is the kind of book someone would WANT to read to become knowledgeable.  If there is no interest, giving it as gift would be a waste of time and money even though everyone ought to read it.  It’s not a book someone would want to relax with on a trip to the beach.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Never Heard It Said Any Better!



by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, September 1, 2020

The following was copied from a post by Dr. Rayna Gangi on Facebook, dated September 1, 2020.  I have never heard it defined or said any better than what Dr. Gangi posted.  I copied and pasted it below for everyone who follows my posts on my blog to read and hopefully share.  Check out Dr. Gangi’s web page at:  https://www.earthwalk-usa.org/   SEMPER FI MARINE!


How is THAT patriotic? A reporter asked the President about people going into cities to do peaceful protests against lawlessness. Was it patriotic for me to weep when I was 13 because my president was assassinated even though it happened in Dallas and the funeral was in D.C.? Was it patriotic for me to wear a POW bracelet in high school for a soldier I didn’t know now held captive in a land I didn’t know? Was it patriotic for me to join the Marines to do my duty for my country while others held anti-war protests in Ohio? And what was it when I returned home and chose to proudly wear my uniform in spite of all the names I was called? 

Was it patriotic for me to pursue a career and while I was searching for that career to make sure I was employed and serving humanity? What was I thinking when I pursued education and a degree in subjects I may never use, but gave me knowledge and experience so I could continue to serve and to strive to be better?

Was it patriotic for me to travel from Alabama to NYC on 9/11, a city I knew but didn’t live in, to help in search, rescue and counseling of the bereaved? And why did help organize and participate in a peaceful protest of Obamacare while the President circled in his helicopter and mocked our existence? What did I feel when a policeman thought he was protecting property and the President said he “acted stupidly?” And the feeling during the “beer summit” where the cop was made to feel guilty for being white instead of being praised for trying to do his job to protect and to serve.

Was I a patriot for traveling to every state in this nation to educate teachers and students in better ways to help with classroom issues and the basic premise that everyone’s life matters and we all deserve respect?

I felt no racism for most of my life, but those who want to be victims and haven’t grown with this very young country as it’s dealt with so many differences, now want me to feel racist for my color, unpatriotic for going to aid another town, another city, another state, to “repay” them for all the things they themselves never knew or experienced, and to die because I’m not the same color as they are.

Well, my patriotism comes from a past they will never know or understand. A belief that this nation of freedom was founded on divine intervention, a Judeo-Christian power that comes from the people, for the people. It comes from knowing that what happens to any American also happens to me, that anything affecting my country, affects me and that my family isn’t some gang on the street or those who preach hate or those who refuse to recognize the wonderful differences in this garden of freedom. My family is every person who respects our beginning, honors our Declaration of Independence from tyranny, knows and follows the constitution that makes us a nation of laws, and salutes the only flag in the world that flies as a beacon of freedom.

Yes, I will go where my country needs me, be that a widow after a hurricane, a veteran who can no longer sleep, a child who believes life doesn’t matter, or to a state where business owners who believe in America need someone to help defend them from paid anarchists and tyrants. I will answer my call to duty because I am an American, a proud patriotic American.